Smith and Sharma fined

Smith and Sharma (pictured above) were both fined

Smith and Sharma (pictured above) were both fined

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Australia stand-in captain Steven Smith and India pace bowler Ishant Sharma have both been fined following the second Test in Brisbane.

Smith was fined 60 per cent of his match fee, while the rest of the Australian players were docked 30 per cent each, for maintaining a slow over-rate during the match.

If Smith is found guilty of one more over-rate offence in the next 12 months, he will be banned for one match.

Australia head coach Darren Lehmann stated that he didn’t “particularly like” the fact that Australia only completed 11 overs in one hour.

“There’s time wasting going on everywhere,” Lehmann said. “We’ve got to get better at that as a side.

“(Also) the ground, people waiting for people in (corporate) boxes, security behind sightscreens, two drinks breaks. All those things that come into it for different reasons, and we had a lot of injuries on the ground. Hopefully we get better at it.”

Meanwhile, Sharma was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for using “language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting”.

Sharma exchanged words with Australian batsmen throughout both innings, but it was his gesture to Smith when he dismissed him in the first innings that match referee Jeff Crowe took exception to.

“Sharma was seen on television screens using inappropriate words,” the International Cricket Council (ICC) said via a statement.

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